Just three weeks ago, we placed 2nd at the Unified Western Championship. This is something to be proud of; our 2.5-year streak of placing top 3 every Vainglory season remains alive! The team did amazing work and beat many odds to get there.
At the same time, Spring left us hungry for that coveted #1 spot. Coincidentally, we ran into a unique opportunity in Los Angeles that we just couldn't pass up on; the window of opportunity was small and we decided to act on it. The changes below may raise many eyebrows, but so did our Spring roster at first.
First things first: the team will live in Los Angeles this summer instead of San Francisco. We absolutely love San Francisco and may be back soon. Once we announce more details about the new location, however, we think you'll agree that Los Angeles was the best decision. No lie: we're pretty hyped about this.
IraqiZorro, XenoTek, and Vains. Subs: BrutalTurtle as jungler, and MackDaddyB as captain.
Yes, Vains is moving to GankStars from Immortals to replace R3cKeD. Vains has a highly decorated past and is no stranger to live finals, bringing home a first-place victory in the 2016 Spring North American Championship. He brings vast amount of experience to the Fold, and we’re looking forward to his contribution and leadership around jungle.
Along with Vains, BrutalTurtle will be joining GankStars as a jungle sub. We believe him to be a diamond in the rough and look forward to what he accomplishes this and next seasons. MackDaddyB, a Vainglory veteran, will have a chance to shine as a support sub.
Goodbye R3cKeD and Xelciar
As GankStars prepares to move to its new team house, travel constraints prevented R3cKeD from making the move. As such, he will not be joining us for the summer season. Feeling that jungle and roam subs are more important to us this season, we released Xelciar as well (and he decided to join Immortals). We wish both of these amazing players the best of luck in their future endeavors and are glad to have shared so many good memories together.
So, How Do We Feel?
We asked IraqiZorro for his perspective on the new teammates:
“For a while now, we have been aiming to field our roster completely with players that are dedicated and devoted to their journey as Vainglory players - absolutely hungry and willing to do everything and anything it takes to overcome what stands between them and being #1. We also wanted to make sure that we can all live together, enhancing team-bonding and conflict resolution and allowing us to produce great content for our fans. These qualities are what we see in Vains and BrutalTurtle, and why we think they're a perfect addition to the team. MackDaddyB had been with GankStars for a long time and has great potential if he puts his mind to it. We're ecstatic about the move to LA and are ready to match our ambition with nothing but hard work."
This season is going beyond anywhere we’ve been before, and we have so much in the works for you!
For rosters of all Vainglory8 teams and summer match schedule, go here.
Follow our new players here:
Vains - twitter.com/vainveins
BrutalTurtle - twitter.com/BrutalTurtleVG
MackDaddyB - twitter.com/MackDaddyB_VG